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Individual Rights Champion to Speak

Kentucky Post, April 26, 2002
421 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011
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By Jeanne Houck, Post staff reporter

State Sen. Ernesto Scorsone will speak at a fund-raiser Saturday for the Northern Kentucky Fairness Alliance, a newly formed chapter of the statewide organization which has championed individual rights for eight years.

Scorsone, D-Lexington, will speak at "An Evening to Benefit Fairness" at Margo’s Restaurant in Covington.

"Sen. Scorsone is a long-time defender of fairness in Kentucky," said Charles King, spokesman for the Northern Kentucky Fairness Alliance.

Scorsone was counsel for two court cases—one which overturned state law outlawing sodomy in Kentucky, and one that guaranteed gay and lesbian couples protections against domestic violence, King said.

He also fought efforts to curtail rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered people, sponsored a 1998 amendment to the state’s hate crimes law to include sexual orientation and co-sponsored Kentucky’s AIDS legislation, King said.

King said the Covington Human Rights Commission is planning to recommend that the Covington City Commission amend its human rights ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, as Lexington and Louisville have done.

The Northern Kentucky Fairness Alliance meets the fourth Monday of every month. Call King at 491-3608 for information about the fairness alliance and for dinner reservations at Saturday’s fund-raiser at the restaurant at 404 Pike St.

Festivities will include an open-bar cocktail hour and a cash-bar social.

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